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Recast the Captain, TOS Edition!

This week’s poll begins another series of polls, this one on the topic of alternate leadership.

In the Original Series, the powerhouse acting of William Shatner as James T. Kirk, Captain of the Starship Enterprise, was dominating. It affected everything about the series and there are few scenes that Kirk himself doesn’t appear in. What, however, would the series have been like without his lead from the front, machoman, jump on the hood and hang on style of leadership? If, say, Spock had been in the chair, would that have made a difference? What about Scotty instead? What would’ve happened had someone more sedate, say Uhura, had been the commanding officer of the good ship Enterprise instead? This is your chance to correct Roddenberry’s “mistake” and imagine your favorite cast member at the head of the crew.

Here’s a list of the cast members to choose from. Pick your favorite and tell us why!

Image by ochopanteras.

What if you were shunned by Star Trek?

We are all Star Trek fans; that goes without saying. However, imagine yourself in a world where, due to some unknown heinous offense, you were shunned by all things Star Trek. Imagine that you receive a perpetual cease and desist order from Paramount’s lawyers, barring you from anything to do with Star Trek. Send back your uniform, sell your videos, renounce your membership in the fan club: we don’t want you. Your poster is up at all the conventions with a big “Not Welcome” label. Toy stores don’t allow you to buy the action figures. You’re not even allowed to utter such famous phrases as “Make it so” or “Live long and prosper.”

You are truly and utterly OUT.

This week’s poll is a discussion of this nightmare scenario. How would you react? Where would you turn to get your science fiction fix? What would turn your fandom towards? Could you live in a world where Star Trek exists, but doesn’t want anything to do with you?

Here are some of the options I thought of. If your’s didn’t make the list, please share!

Poll of the Week: Rewind/Erase moments

There come times in each person’s life where you do a facepalm and say in your best Homer Simpson voice: “D’oh!” It is at these times that we wish we had a rewind/erase button. Those moments at the focus of this week’s poll.

With time travel an accepted part of the canon of Star Trek, we do see from time to time the opportunity for the various crews to get a do-over. They missed something, or did something wrong and events went horribly, but they get a chance to make them right. Sometimes the moment’s result wasn’t even all that bad, but it just wasn’t right and the crew finds themselves needing to make it so (no pun intended). The movies have several of these throughout them set, so I have left them out of this poll intentionally

Here’s the ones that jump into my mind! Come share the moments that you think most make the casts want to do face palms!

The Epic Moments of the Reboot Movies

Our final epic moments poll deals with the reimagined Star Trek movies.

Love it or hate it, change has come to the Star Trek franchise, rewriting the canon for better or worse, but forever. With Nero’s vengeful jaunt into the past and the subsequent destruction of Kirk’s family and the planet Vulcan, the timeline was changed!

The changes to the timeline notwithstanding, some of the classic themes of peace vs. militarism, struggle against unequal odds, and self-sacrifice are constants in the new movies as well. Our new look at the series with younger eyes and actors has not taken it away from its philosophical and teaching-moment roots.

Come share my favorite moments by clicking here. If your’s didn’t make my list, feel free to share your own by clicking here!

The Epic Moments of the TNG Movies

This week continues our look at the movie moments of the Star Trek franchise with the Next Generation movies.

When the Next Generation finished its television run in May 1994, everyone was holding their breath, waiting to see where the cast would be taken next. This was a first: Star Trek without Roddenberry, who had passed away in 1991. This was a bridge to the new films and the new cast, as well as a way for the older cast to say their onscreen goodbyes.

Even without Roddenberry, the writers of the Next Generation films did well very well, with four films (Generations, First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis). With mixed critical reviews, each had its own special moments, developing on the cast and connecting them to the times around them in the series and in the quickly changing real world as well.

Here’s a few of the moments I found most important. Come chat about them and, if yours aren’t on the list, bring them up as well!

The Epic Moments of TOS Movies

This week, we continue our epic moments series with the Original Series cast movies.

The movies with the original series cast continued to be produced until nearly the end of the TNG series had come. The first of these was supposed to be a lead-in for the relaunching of the series, but instead started off an extremely successful series of movies. With the movies running from the Motion Picture in 1979 to the Undiscovered Country in 1991, this span saw a lot of change in the world, up to and including the end of the Cold War. The breath of the films was stunning and included many themes from current events, something that the series was always able to incorporate much to its own and its creator’s credit. It was these movies that set the Rule of Evens, where even-numbered Star Trek movies are good, while odd numbered ones are… well… not so much.

While there are too many moments that will live on in popular culture fame or infamy, here are a few of my personal favorites. Come chat about these or share your own!

Halloween Avatar Contest Results are In!

Greetings to all you forums crawlers out there, and all of those who should be on the forums and aren’t! The judging for the 4th Annual Halloween Avatar Costume Contest is done and the judges have spoken! The results are in and have been carefully put into a calculation lovingly designed by yours truly, then redesigned completely when I was actually awake enough to write the formulas correctly and the correct results have been calculated!

As mentioned before, there were three categories in which ships completed. The first was originality, which measured the original thinking that went into the selection of the ship’s theme and the individual characters that the members displayed as their new avatars.

The second category, design quality, measured the graphic quality of the new avatars. Were they consistent in quality and format? Were they carefully done and without visible errors? Did they fit well into the format of being avatar images? If there was text, was it legible?

Finally, the overall score took each ships scores and adjusted them by the participation of the crews. The higher the participation, the better the scores! I’m happy to report that, in this category, the 6 ships that participated averaged a 92% participation, with 4 of them at 100%!

So, on to the results!

In the originality category the winners are:

First Place: Apollo (Greek Gods)
Second Place: Constitution (Comic Characters)
Third Place: Columbia (Pirates of the Columbia)

In the quality category, the winners are:

First Place: Apollo
Second Place: Constitution
Third Place: Garuda (Disney All-Stars)

…and finally, in the overall category, the winners are:

First Place: Apollo
Second Place: Constitution
Third Place: Gemini (X-Men)

This year, the contest also had a single individual best of show category for the judge’s pick for the best individual avatar in the contest. The Judge’s Best of Show Award goes to:

Ben Edwards, from the Constitution, as Rocket Racoon!

Prizes will be forthcoming to those who have won them. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for participating to all those who gave up their avatar space for a week or more to show their holiday spirit!

The Epic Moments of Star Trek: Enterprise

Now we come to the final series in this set of epic TV moments: Enterprise.

Enterprise was unique in the franchise in that it started off pretty strong and generally went down in quality for a good long while rather than starting rocky and getting better over time. However, it had its moments of deep thoughtfulness and insight into the human condition. It gave us the chance to see a grittier pre-Federation Starfleet, one in which it was not one of the supreme technological powers in the galaxy and instead had to rely on its adaptability and diplomacy to get many things done. In that way at least, Enterprise is almost truer to the adage of “going where no [human] has gone before.” than even the original series. This gave Archer and his crew many chances to look inside themselves and feel out their emotions and, at the same time, for us to see them and their development.

Here are my favorites from a series most of which I, unlike many ST fans, really enjoyed. If yours didn’t make the list, come share them with all of us!

The Epic Moments of Star Trek: Voyager

This week’s poll of the week is focused on the intrepid (pun intended, hah!) little ship of the fleet, Voyager, the little ship that could.

While Voyager was far from the biggest ship in the fleet, she was one of the most advanced and interesting ones around. The ship was thrown to the other side of the galaxy and stranded, all alone with no hope of resupply, and left to trek 70,000 light years to get home. Exploration, enemies and ethics all played parts in this series, as with any other, and seven seasons worth of them added up to a good number of strong moments that made us think not only about the characters but about our own situations.

Here are a few of my favorite moments. I know there’s many more than these, but, if yours aren’t on the list, come add them to the discussion!

The Epic Moments of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

This week, we continue our ongoing series of the most epic moments of Star Trek with the third series, Deep Space Nine.

Set for the first time on a stationary platform, the concept of life aboard a space station was a new idea for the franchise. Throw in the fact that the Federation was coming in to a formerly Cardassian-occupied system and were quite a long distance from direct Federation support, there was the potential for a big fat mess landing in Commander (later Captain) Sisko’s lap. Despite a rocky start, which seems to be the pattern for Trek series, Deep Space Nine followed TNG’s example with seven successful seasons and a triumphant send-off. The darkness of the series, new for the franchise that had portrayed up until then a much brighter future, allowed them to plumb the dark depths of the human soul without disturbing the atmosphere of the series.

Here are a few of my favorites, thought there are others too many to include here!

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